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While the Montana political media is obsessed with what Senator Walsh may have
done in 2007, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle put out an editorial today about what Representative Steve Daines is failing to do in 2014: take a position on Senator Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. From the Chronicle:
If Daines opposes the Jobs and Recreation Act, he should say so and state clearly what his objections are. Better yet, he should highlight the problems he has with the measure, set up a meeting with Tester and try to hammer out the differences. And Tester should agree to such a meeting. Amending the bill significantly while keeping all the diverse interests on board might be challenging, but that’s what we pay our elected delegation to do – to work out compromises. Continue Reading →
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On the heels of a press release masquerading as a news story in the Missoulian,
Congressman Steve Daines sent an e-mail out today to constituents that is another piece of Orwellian nonsense. Titled “Protecting access to health care and jobs,” the e-mail is about a proposal sponsored by Daines that will deny access to health insurance for thousands of home health care workers in Montana. Daines, who previously had another press release story in the Missoulian about meeting with one of these companies, Consumer Direct Management Solutions, has certainly done diligent work for this them, holding public meetings and now proposing legislation for their benefit.
In another press release, Daines acknowledges that his proposal, which was written at the bidding of the home health care industry, would take away health insurance from hundreds of thousands of these workers:
Long-term care service provider agencies, which employ hundreds of thousands of workers across the country, say complying with the mandate is especially problematic because it would force them to cut jobs or reduce employee hours in order to continue providing services to Medicaid or Medicare recipients.
Strip away the Orwellian talk written to benefit these corporations, and the intent of the Daines legislation is clear: to protect the profit margins of huge companies at the expense of people who work in incredibly challenging jobs that have historically offered low pay. In fact, until 2013, all home health care workers were not even guaranteed earning the minimum wage. The people who wrote the bill for Daines and encouraged him to introduce it are understandably excited about its prospects. Continue Reading →
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For someone who likes to suggest he’s opposed to federal decision-making and
in favor of more state control over resources, it’s certainly interesting to see Representative Steve Daines writing a letter to House Speaker John Boehner opposing state-specific solutions to managing wilderness and logging on public lands. Mike Dennison summarizes the crux of the letter:
The July 11 letter, signed last week by Daines and 28 other Republican House members, asks House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to block state-specific bills to increase timber production, because the signers prefer a bill addressing the problem nationwide. That’s right. Rather than working to help Senator Tester shape and pass a bill that has broad-based support in Montana’s environmental and logging communities, Representative Daines is backing a dead-end, one-size-fits all proposal that has almost no chance of passage and even less chance of meeting the needs of Montana. The self-appointed of “Less Government, More Jobs” is so much more interested in playing politics than governing that he’s proposing a big government solution that will hurt Montana jobs and threaten our wilderness areas. Continue Reading →
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It’s been fascinating watching the Daines Senate campaign’s advertising strategy this summer: in their effort to disguise Daines’s thin record of achievement in Congress, his advertising people seem to alternate between unfair, untrue attacks on Senator John Walsh and ads that manage to show just how little Daines has done. The latest ad, called Injustice, uses the latter strategy. In it, Daines takes credit for getting some headstones placed on the graves of Montana servicemen at the Veterans Cemetery. Of course, the ad is typically misleading. First, it doesn’t mention the work of Senator Tester, who initiated the process of securing the headstones for the servicemen; nor does it mention that Senator Tester got national recognition for the Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. Continue Reading →